The New York Jets have completed a second interview with Titans’ offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. They originally conducted a virtual interview with Smith on January 11. The Jets brass then had dinner with Smith last night before winding up the second interview this morning.
The 38 year old Smith has coached 10 seasons for the Titans and served as the team’s offensive coordinator for the last two. He is credited with turning around Ryan Tannehill’s career, as well as building the Titans’ offense into one of the top units in the NFL. Tennessee was ranked #2 in the NFL in 2020 in yards per game, rushing yards and red zone touchdown percentage. The Titans’ offense also ranked 4th in points scored, 4th in percentage of drives ending in scores, and 2nd in turnovers this year. Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown all became Pro Bowl players under Smith.
Arthur Smith is the second candidate for the Jets head coaching position to complete a second interview, along with Robert Saleh. It is unknown at this time whether the Jets will conduct further second interviews or make an offer to either Saleh or Smith.